Creating Flow: Why you need it, why you don't have it, and how to get more of it

Feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed trying to service the urgent demands on your time? What if you could change all that?

For many of us just trying to get anything done can feel like being stuck in rush hour traffic on a rainy day. Why does this happen? What's the impact? What if you could reduce or eliminate the traffic like congestion plaguing your teams and organization? What would it take? What would you need to to?

The answers may surprise you. 

For our June meeting Agile coach Jay Packlick will facilitate a discussion of the effects and root causes behind the chronic disease of organizational congestion. We'll explore strategies you can use to help move your organization from the performance robbing state of congestion to a more personally and financially satisfying state of flow.

About our speaker this month:

Most of you probably know Jay Packlick as the passionate guy kicking off every meeting of the Dallas ALN for the past few years. A principle consultant with Improving Enterprises, Jay has spent the last 10 years as a trainer, mentor, and coach helping businesses achieve the benefits of embracing an Agile mindset. Prior to coaching Jay served in practically every role possible to create and deliver products including developer, tester, business analyst, project manager, senior architect, manager, and guitar player in a career that has spanned over three decades. 

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  • Rob T.

    Very interesting presentation without easy answers, Jay.

    Takeaways - If an organization is focused on
    * utilization of resources - bad.
    * flow of work delivered - better.
    * flow of value delivered - still better.

    How to best determine value delivered?
    1. Customer focus. (Agreed, Red). This alone would be enough to allow most organizations to thrive, but what if the competition is innovative and delights the customer with something they didn't know they wanted?
    2. I would add strategy, focused and clearly communicated, can also create great value throughput. Consider the Model A Ford or the iPhone. Alternatively, if strategy is fuzzy or lacking, even the best teams will have trouble delivering customer value.

    3 · June 26, 2014

  • Jay P.

    Jessica, I've posted the slides in the Files section (http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-ALN/files/) but they're mostly images to illustrate the topics of the conversation.

    June 26, 2014

  • Jessica

    Will you guys share the material?

    June 25, 2014

  • Jessica

    Sorry I missed this month

    June 25, 2014

  • William "RED" D.

    Great meeting, material, presentation… and lots to chew on. My latest thinking … hold the mirror up to the organization and now that they are aware of the situation, what will they do to improve their lot in life? No victims! They control their destiny. Make incremental steps to improve, then inspect and adapt.

    3 · June 25, 2014

  • Brian A.

    Great content and engaging dialog among the group. The exercise at the end was a challenge, but I think that was part of the intent and reflects reality: this concept is not easy to promote and foster at a leadership level. I liked Jay's suggested goal of "no one feels like they have too much on their plate". The vision of "we keep our promises" from one of the groups really resonated with me last night, but I realized later that even that can be abused/contorted to promote congestion ("We made a promise, so it just all has to get done... I don't care what you've got on your plate."). The biggest takeaway for me is that a different value/belief system must be adopted to create flow. Thanks, Jay!

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Jon B.

    Jay - Your presentation was so timely (I guess it never gets old) and was delivered in a fashion I believe resonated with everyone. I loved the group engagement. Looking forward to the next meeting.

    3 · June 25, 2014

  • Tod T.

    So, what did I miss?

    1 · June 24, 2014

    • Brian A.

      Jay Packlick in the zone about the congestion that exists in most organizations and the value system that would need to change to move toward achieving flow. Good stuff.

      1 · June 25, 2014

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